The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, Vancouver

In Editor Picks, Hotels, North America by LA Travel Magazine

We have visited Vancouver in the past but each time we visit we realize we need more time at the end of the trip. On this recent trip we decided to stay at The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, one of Vancouver’s leading luxury hotels.

If you’re searching for a romantic, sophisticated hotel with over the top service, immaculate rooms, a top rated restaurant, a full-service award winning spa, and a central downtown location, the Wedgewood is the only choice.

The hotel is individually owned and not a product of a major hotel chain which is clear the second you walk through the main entrance. The overall vibe has everything to do with the personal interior decorating skills of Greek born owner and founder, Eleni Skalbania. With only eighty-three rooms and suites the family-run boutique hotel has been a top notch Vancouver destination in and of itself.

Upon arrival it was evident; we were in the lap of luxury and immediately felt at home (although our home is nothing close to this extravagant).  Our room was well appointed and spacious.

When you are in a hotel such as the Wedgewood you make time to enjoy it.  Succumbing to the relaxation I even decided to book myself a spa appointment for the next morning.

Around 6:30pm we started getting ready for dinner.  We decided to try the hotel restaurant Bacchus which was recently awarded “Travellers’ Choice Best Vancouver Restaurant” by TripAdvisor.  After a day of city slicking, Bacchus deemed the perfect choice.

We sank into a plush velvet banquette while the server presented us with a 300-bottle international wine list and menus.  One look around and you instantly notice you are surrounded by luxury, with richly upholstered furniture, dark wood, and light fixtures imported from Venice by owner Skalbania herself.  The live piano entertainment completes the atmosphere.

A glass of Chardonnay and a Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini kicked off the dinner.  For starters we decided on an Organic Arugula, Baby Spinach Leaves and Endive Salad topped with Spiced Poached Pear, Candied Pecans and Crumbled Stilton and the Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado, Toasted Sesame, Shiso, Pine Nuts and Ciabatta Crisps.  Both were fantastic.  Our server was meticulously trained and highly knowledgeable.   For our entrees we both ordered the “AAA” Alberta Beef Tenderloin with Truffle and Parmesan “Pont Neuf”, Wilted Spinach, Portabello Mushrooms and Béarnaise Sauce.  This truly is an award winning restaurant, the food was outstanding and the ambiance is just as good.

Luckily we decided to skip dessert because when we arrived back at our room there was a plate of freshly baked cookies along with turndown service, a sweet end to a sweet night.

The next morning we awoke in a great mood, the beds are so comfortable at the Wedgewood I really need to find out where I can get this set up for my own home.  It was almost time for my facial appointment, but first breakfast!  I know your probably thinking “How can you eat again?”    This time we went light with a Fresh Fruit, Granola and Yogurt Parfait.  It was a great option before my trip to the spa.

The Spa was warm and inviting and I noticed right away a displayed line of my favorite skin care, Epicuren.  I was thrilled and immediately started going through the Epicuren products to see which ones I didn’t have.  Seconds later, an esthetician named Jan arrived to take me back for my facial.  The 60-minute affair was punctuated by cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and a stress-relieving oil massage for my stiff shoulders. After some final extractions, she smoothed on a series of aromatic potions and spritzed on some protein spray that left my skin moist. She was great, and I left with a luminous complexion that kept my face glowing all day.